600 N. Martingale
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Phone: (847) 517-7737
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What do you get if you put three million LEGO bricks under one roof and throw in a whole lot of fun? If your answer is Legoland Discovery Center, then you're absolutely right! One of the main attractions of the center is the miniature models of major Chicago landmarks, all made from LEGO. It also has several fun rides, interesting workshops and something called a LEGO 4D Cinema.
The Spring Valley Nature Sanctuary is a great addition to your Schaumburg itinerary. Sprawling over 135 acres (55 hectares), the verdant scenery of fields, forests, wetlands and ponds surround the historic Heritage Farm and Estate of pioneering settlers in the area. A great getaway for locals and tourists alike, it paints a picture of splendor and serenity while boasting beautiful flora and attracting exotic fauna. Follow a hiking trail, bring out your birdwatching binoculars, walk through fields, photograph flowers and pay a visit to the nature center, all for a plethora of experiences that guarantee a relaxing time.
Ned Brown Forest Preserve is a must visit for some family-friendly recreation. It is spread over 3700 acres (1500 hectares) and is one of the best-used natural preserves in the state of Illinois. Located within is the National Natural Landmark, Busse Woods. Named after the former mayor of Chicago, Fred A. Busse, it offers visitors with an array of leisure activities. Discover its flora and fauna, go fishing or elk spotting, enjoy a lakeside picnic or don't miss out on a bicycle ride along the 10.8-mile (17-kilometer) Busse Woods Trail.
The beautiful sculpture shows a woman awaking from her sleep. It is based on the Greek theory where goddess sisters are said to inspire mortals with great ideas. Made from Indiana limestone by Don Lawler - Meg White Sculpture Studios Inc, it is believed to whisper inspiration if one sits on her hand. Overlooking a nearby pond, Awaking Muse lies on the Robert O. Atcher Municipal Center grounds. It is indeed one of the major highlight of the town.
Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant is one in a chain of restaurants which has a winery within its premises. The restaurant serves a range of New American dishes and house-made wine. There is also a tasting room for wine and a store from which you can buy your favorite bottles.
The Chicago Athenaeum's International Sculpture Park sits on 20 acres of meadow, forest, and natural prairie, five minutes from the Museum's new satellite facility in Schaumburg. It features the art of both American and international sculptors, with each piece selected for its ability to fit the natural enviornment. The park is open daily from sunrise to sunset.
Watch knights on horseback re-enact an 11th century tournament complete with jousting matches and sword fights while feasting on a four-course banquet at the castle of King Alfonso the Magnificent. Admission includes a two-hour show, dinner (which you eat with your hands) and beverages. A cash bar is open throughout the show. There is free parking. Call ahead for timings.
In the heart of Elk Grove Village, surrounded by the town’s government building, lies the Village Park. This small strip of a park is a popular gathering point for the village residents, be it for just a walk, or to attend a community event. Among the events that have been hosted here are Art in the Park, the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, and Summer Concert Series. Call for further information on upcoming events.
A park that is bustling with people and events, the Lions Park, or Rainbow Falls as it is also called, is one of the numerous parks that dot the landscape of Elk Grove Village. Open from dawn to dusk, this park is spread over an area of 11.4 acres (4.61 hectares), and comprises a basketball court, a playground, a skating rink, and three baseball fields. Do see the website to know more about upcoming events and other details about this park.
The Arlington Heights Memorial Library is a place with a wide selection of books and free WiFi to aid you with your research or project. The place also has a children's section and a play area for kids.
Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon with your family at Volkening Lake. It has something for everyone including walking, fishing, picnicking, boating or simply sitting and enjoying the beautiful scenery. The boat dock offers both canoes and paddle boats for rent. Concessions available include soft drinks, popcorn and candy.
One of the several parks that are managed by the Arlington Heights Park District, the Recreation Park is located in downtown Arlington Heights. One of the favorite parks among the locals, the Recreation Park has a ball field, tennis courts, picnic areas, walking paths, and a swimming pool. The park is also home to the oldest Community Center in the city, built in 1937. Call for more information.